Yet more problems and no answers

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Date Joined Mar 2007
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   Posted 12/27/2008 6:29 PM (GMT -6)   
After a few bizzare attacks of "asthma like symptoms" one of which required me to be intebated I was sent to a pulmonologist. He ran some tests ie. CT scan, PFT's and others and he found I do not have asthma at all. He was unable to see scaring although he feels I am symptomatic for lung scars based on symptoms , however he did find an enlarged Pulmonary artery and sent me for an echcardiogram. Gold standard for the diagnosis is a right heart cath and I am not too excited for that.
My question for you guys is a new symptom. I noticed last week my right foot has been itching and I I dont have althletes foot. Today I was out in the cold and my toes were white. With Reynauds I know to warm my feet up quickly but I nocited that the itchy feet is from warming them up! When my feet are cold and I warm they itch horribly for quite a while. Do you guys notice this? Is it anything to take note of or is it just a nothing you can ignore?
I am in pain from my urinary system mixed with WBC, RBC and 50% of the time some odd bacteria. It hurts on a general basis and I let it go too long this time to find staph had made me sick. I cant tell when to scream and yell or not because i notice the  problems before my blood confirms my complaint. I feel like all I ever do is complain and complain :(

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Date Joined Jun 2008
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   Posted 12/28/2008 7:30 PM (GMT -6)   
That itchy feeling happens to my skin when it's been chilled and then warmed up.  It usually happens on my legs, especially on the fronts of my thighs after going for a walk in the winter cold.  The skin gets red and bumpy and itches like the devil once I'm back inside and warming up.   I can also remember having this happen growing up and coming indoors after ice skating, etc., so I've never associated it with anything other than sensitive skin.
I also had a heart cath 4 yrs ago and was pretty terrified of the whole thing beforehand, but it was truly not traumatic at all.....easier on my body than a dental procedure!   Sorry you're having problems....hope you get some answers and treatment and things calm down.
diagnoses:  mono 1972; postviral CFS 1997; fibro 1998; CEBV 2005; UCTD (dx limbo) 2007
meds:  occasional low dose xanax for sleep, artificial tears w/ ointment at night, ibuprophin (none of which manages the problems very well!)
We cannot avoid the birds of sadness flying over our heads, but we need not let them make nests in our hair. 
       ~~ Chinese saying as quoted by Helen Nearing

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